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Bingo (1991)

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A runaway circus dog befriends a young boy who has trouble fitting in with his friends.

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Matthew Robbins

Writer:

Jim Strain
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cindy Williams ... Natalie Devlin
David Rasche ... Hal Devlin
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. ... Chuckie Devlin
David French David French ... Chickie Devlin
Kurt Fuller ... Lennie
Joe Guzaldo Joe Guzaldo ... Eli
Glenn Shadix ... Duke
Janet Wright ... Waitress
Wayne Robson ... Four Eyes
Suzie Plakson ... Ginger
Simon Webb ... Steve
Tamsin Kelsey ... Bunny
Norman Browning Norman Browning ... Prosecutor
James Kidnie ... Defense Attorney
Blu Mankuma ... Motorcycle Cop
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Storyline

When Bingo, a runaway circus dog who leaves the big top, saves the life of Chuckie, a young boy who is having trouble fitting in with his pals. The two quickly become best friends-skateboarding, playing pinball, and doing math homework together. But Chuckie's parents discover the stowaway pooch, and make no bones about the fact that Bingo will not accompany them on thier cross-country move. What follows next is a heart warming 1000 mile adventure of puppy love and loyalty as Bingo and Chuckie encounter nutty charcters and hilarious situations in thier quest to be reunited. Dog catchers, kidnappers, hospitalsmand even prison cant keep the two misfits apart! Written by Uber Minion

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dog | circus | boy | prison | dog movie | See All (35) »

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He's Every Family's Best Friend! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бинго See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,667,684
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A scene with Bunny shown in the trailer did not make it into the theatrical release. It shows her throwing raw hamburger onto a window which Bingo is looking out with her saying, "raw meat". The context for this joke is unclear. See more »

Goofs

When Duke, the dog-butcher, comes to get one of the dogs out of the cage he leans his giant meat cleaver against Bingo's cage. When he hears the waitress screaming he puts the dog back in the cage and the cleaver has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Green Bay Football Coach: Which would you put first, coach? Family or football?
Green Bay Football Coach: Are you kidding? Football's my life.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The New York Ripper (2015) See more »

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Written by Carl D. Beck (as Carl Beck) & William T. Purdy (as W.T. Purdy)
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underrated, off-kilter feel good movie.
16 February 2015 | by famelovingboy68See all my reviews

In this complicated world, troubled by reality shows and drama, Bingo is a sure remedy. Cindy Williams, best known s Shirley Feeney from her popular spin off of Happy Days plays the young boy's mom and she was the movie's star, perhaps the only well-known person in the film and not a major movie actor. The young boy, Chuckie is the voice of reason in his dysfunctional family with rather cold and negligent parents, such as his harsh, contemptible father, a struggling NFL Player and a mean older brother. Being born in 1944 and the movie being released 47 years later, David Rasche looked simply too old to be in the NFL. Bingo is very sharp and intelligent and his capabilities seem far-fetched but might be conceivable. The dog saves Chuckie's life after being knocked out in the stream and the two spend a night or two in the forest and then return home and skateboard, play video games, do math homework and go fishing all the while hiding the dog from his family. Chuckie's father gets inconveniently traded from Denver to Green Bay and Chuckie's attempts to sneak Bingo in the car fail and he chases after them in the car, only to be too slow. The Journey to find Chuckie is a real hoot, he encounters some really flaky and dysfunctional characters that largely parodied the Heartland. He rescues all the dogs from a cruel roadside restaurant Chuckie's family stopped at for lunch and drives the cruel owners in a cage in the truck and makes them crash into the joint. Then he meets the two comic villains that fit a classic movie stereotype; Lennie, is the big and tall guy who is more warmhearted and inept, as well as environmental, while the shorter of the two, Eli, is more sinister and villainous, but the two are a great comic duo whom Bingo first encounters in a motor home where the do held a quirky family with mom, dad and two eccentric girls hostage. Bingo gets them arrested and even the dog gets summoned to court! Bingo gets out of jail and somehow the villains break loose and after more misadventures Bingo finally makes it to Green Bay where a wacky local restaurant hires him as an assistant dishwasher and the villains capture Bingo and Chuckie finds him again before a lot of chaos. The movie shows the amazing instinct and capabilities of man's Best friend. However, this is in no way just for kids. Some of the content made it seem on the edge for a family film. There is a lot of bad language and a couple inappropriate moments and the climax is pretty dramatic and tense for a lighthearted comedy. I saw this movie several times on video when i was little after it was a new movie and maybe when I was a little older. The movie truly cheers me up when I could use a smile.


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